Firmware Engineer, AR Audio

5 - 7 years experience  •  Technology

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 06/21/18
Redmond, WA
5 - 7 years experience
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 06/21/18

Oculus is the world leader in the design of virtual and augmented reality systems. Come work alongside expert engineers and research scientists to create the technology that makes augmented reality (AR) pervasive and universal. Join the adventure of a lifetime as we make science fiction real and change the world. You're an engineer with deep embedded system knowledge, a passion for working on new hardware and strong leadership skills. You’re comfortable working with a wide variety of hardware devices, working with a team to rapidly deliver reliable high performance firmware.
At Oculus Research you will design, build and test firmware systems for future augmented reality experiences. You will join a world-class team of experts exploring new audio AR concepts through rapid prototyping. Firmware for AR systems spans multiple target classes, requiring deep collaboration across engineering disciplines (electrical, mechanical, acoustic, firmware and software) and directly impacting user immersion.
We’re looking for people who quickly solve problems, generate big ideas, work in new technology areas, drive concepts into prototypes, and envision how those prototypes transition to high-volume consumer products.


  • Analyze, design, develop, and debug audio system firmware for AR prototypes and consumer devices
  • Understand and implement power-management, boot loaders, scheduling, and RTOS
  • Collaborate in a team environment across multiple research and engineering disciplines, making the architectural tradeoffs required to rapidly deliver firmware solutions
  • Support all phases of SoC/ASIC development – including early architecture requirements definition for custom silicon, firmwarearchitecture, implementation, simulation, FPGA debug, chip bringup and support systems and software teams on algorithm development on validated systems
  • Understand and drive implementation of FW development good practices across teams and projects

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.S. degree or M.S. degree in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering
  • 5+ years of experience in embedded firmware design
  • Experience producing production quality, fail-safe firmware for low-power real-time system control
  • Experience with hardware work, clock-level issues, bridges, delays, interrupts, clock gating, polling etc.
  • Experience implementing firmware for low-power SoC and tapeout of chips in the past
  • Experience with wireless and wired communication protocols, including USB, TCP/IP, Ethernet, Bluetooth and 802.11
  • Experience with embedded micro-controllers like ARM Cortex M0/M3/M4 architecture and boot mechanism, interrupt priorities and experience with configuring peripherals
  • Experience analyzing hardware and power consumption
  • Software design and programming experience in C/C++ for development, debugging, testing and performance analysis
  • Experience with the use of instrumentation like oscilloscopes, logic/protocol analyzers for debugging embedded systems at HW level
  • Experience with low level device documentation and translating that information into software solutions
  • Experience with applying methods of designing bench-top experiments to diagnose embedded hardware and firmware problems
  • Experience with cross multi-disciplinary boundaries to drive system solutions
  • Experience with working independently and managing priorities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with audio DSPs like Tensilica HiFI DSP
  • Experience with hands-on coding with peripherals such as USB, SPI, MIPI CSI/DSI, I2C, UART, GPIO etc.
  • Protocol implementations such as USB device classes (UVC, UAC, HID)
  • Experience with embedded DSP and CPU architectures
  • Experience with EDA design tools and instruction set simulators
  • Experience with hands-on FPGA and vendor specific hardware evaluation boards
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